It’s easy to take your air conditioning system for granted, and unfortunately, that’s what many homeowners do. However, it’s important to remember that your air conditioner “needs you” as much as you need it: using your AC improperly or failing to take care of it can result in costly repairs or an early replacement.
To keep your AC running for as long as possible and as efficiently as possible, avoid these 4 common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Forgetting to Change the Air Filter
Your air filter keeps dust and other airborne particles from entering your HVAC system through your home’s return vent. If replaced regularly, the air filter is able to capture these particles while still allowing an adequate amount of airflow through. However, if your air filter becomes overly dirty and clogged, it’s going to prevent adequate airflow from entering your HVAC system.
A lack of airflow can result in multiple problems. For instance, your AC might start to blow out warm or room temperature air. In addition, your system might overheat or even break down from the strain of working harder and harder to cool down your home. On top of that, neglecting to change your air filter on a regular basis will result in worse indoor air quality inside your home.
Bottom line: change your air filter regularly, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Mistake #2: Crowding Your Condenser
The condenser is your air conditioner’s outdoor unit. This unit displaces a lot of heat during the air-cooling process and, therefore, needs adequate space for ventilation. When trying to conceal the condenser to make their yard more attractive, a lot of homeowners make the mistake of erecting a fence or growing bushes too close to the unit.
If you plan on growing a hedge or putting up a wall or fence to conceal your condenser, make sure to give the unit at least 1 foot of space on all sides and 5 feet of space overhead.
Mistake #3: Forgetting to Adjust Your Thermostat
If you know that no one will be at home for an extended period of time (because of work, school, errands, etc.), go ahead and set your thermostat higher to give your system a break and save money.
Keep in mind that there’s no need to shut your AC off in order to cut cooling costs. In fact, you only need to turn your thermostat up by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day to save 10% on summer cooling costs. In addition, allowing your AC to come on every so often will help control humidity levels in your home, as well as its temperature.
Mistake #4: Skipping Regular HVAC Maintenance
Just as a car requires regular maintenance, so does an HVAC system. As your system ages, it accumulates dust, and its parts wear down, both of which decrease the system’s efficiency. Without proper maintenance, your system will become less efficient at a faster rate.
Getting your system serviced twice a year (the AC in spring and the furnace in fall) will help it maintain its efficiency and improve its lifespan. In addition, the technician who is servicing your system will be able to spot potential issues before they become a bigger problem.
Experiencing an AC issue? Reach out to the experts at Elevation Mechanical in Colorado Springs by calling (719) 399-4995 or use our online form to help make your home more comfortable.